Welcome Back!

From all of us in the Technology & Innovation Office, welcome (back) to school!  While we haven’t had the seismic technology shifts this summer that we may have had last summer in many buildings, read on to learn about the new and ongoing technology initiatives underway in the district.

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Canvas Period/Section Numbers

While I try to avoid getting too technical or specific in these blog posts, I’ve received enough questions on this topic in the past few days to think that it warrants its own mention.  The issue is this:  whereas our high schools and junior highs have 7 or 8 periods, PowerSchool has as many as 14 periods, depending on the building.  When Canvas synchronizes section names from PowerSchool, it uses the PowerSchool period numbers, meaning that the periods shown in Canvas don’t necessarily match the actual period of the day.  This results in section names that seem to indicate period numbers that don’t even exist, such as this section at North Central JH – an 8-period school – that appears to take place during period 14: 

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Handy Tools: the Snipping Tool

A couple of weeks ago I was presenting to a group of teachers, one of whom asked a question that I realized wasn’t addressed in a related how-to guide.  During the ensuing break, I decided to work on revising the how-to guide, a process that included taking a couple of screenshots, much like this one (below).

Several of the teachers who were watching me develop this guide were in awe of the tool that I used to create my screenshots, the Snipping Tool.  One of the hidden secrets in Windows, the Snipping Tool is one of the utilities that I use on an almost-daily basis.  Whether I’m creating a how-to guide, developing a presentation that includes examples, reporting a software error, sharing a Google Map, or capturing a website, the Snipping Tool is my go-to.

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Canvas How-To Guides

As we get ready to start the 2018-19 school year, our Technology & Innovation team has been busy at work preparing how-to guides to help our teachers, students, and community effectively utilize ICCSD technology resources.

One of the sets of guides we’ve prepared focuses on teachers’ use of Canvas.  Check out this resource here, where you’ll find walkthroughs focusing on basic Canvas use, course-building, grading, assignments, and more.

In addition to the district-created guides linked above, parents wanting to make use of the Canvas Parent app should check out the guides available for iOS and Android.